If we all have peculiar interests, one of mine is collecting the 19 first edition books of Harold Bell Wright—the Ozark author of Shepherd of the Hills. The Shepherd was his second book, the first was That Printer, printed in 1903. It is a fictional, yet real life, story of a young man who comes to Christ because of the influence of good towns people and a good local church. He goes on to be a Christian leader and preacher. He even falls in love with the young lady who first witnessed to him! In our day of dubious fictional books, these would be a refreshing change!
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]
Good News & Bad News About Human IdentityJune 29, 2015
There are some things about which the Bible speaks clearly and one of those is the makeup of human beings. Yet it is amazing how far away from the plain language of the Bible our society has moved within one generation. In my youth it was risky enough to refer to homosexuals or lesbians rather […]
Marijuana and the ChristianMay 1, 2014
The culture in America is changing quickly, and not necessarily for the good. Christians generally agree that issues such as abortion, pornography, or same-sex marriages are immoral, unbiblical, and harmful to society at large. Not all agree about substance abuse in areas such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs like marijuana. Churches have long had to […]